“On the road, off the phone.”
That’s what signage is flashing on expressways all across Illinois to remind drivers to get off their cell phone (unless they're using a hands-free device).
The cell phone ban law went into effect on Jan. 1 and prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while driving. Previously, drivers were only not able to talk on their phones while in school or construction zones.
Fines start at $75 for the first offense and increase up to $150 for repeat offenders.
In Oswego, Captain Jeff Burgner said Police have thus far found six people violating the law.
"We generally issue warnings for the first month when a new law passes on minor traffic offenses unless there are extenuating circumstances that would have a need for a ticket to be issued," said Burgner.
In all six cases, the drivers received warnings from the Oswego Police Department.